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Fresh thinking about local efforts to end human trafficking

This event is important. Indiana has many groups working hard to end human trafficking. Let's talk about how to make them even more effective, globally and locally.

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A giant jazz weekend

Jazz from Poland and Indy, legends and locals, plus a convergence of Jazz Week @ University of Indianapolis + ArtsFest @ Butler + the Jazz Kitchen's 20th birthday ... things like this add up.

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The impending return of Foreign Policy & a Local Pint

Spring of 2013, international relations devotees had a chance to drink micro-brews, munch on free pizza, and hear from some of the world's leading experts on democratization in Burma, the corruption of Afghanistan, humanitarian intervention, and other topics. Foreign Policy and a Local Pint ... it's returning this summer.

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Worth a roadtrip: Feminism and Authoritarianism in the Middle East @ B-ton

Çiğdem Balim and her colleagues at the Center for the Study of the Middle East in Bloomington have out together an all-star roster of activists and scholars from the Middle East. This could be one of the most significant workshops IU has hosted in a long time.

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Know before you go see “Connected by Coffee”

If you care about drinking coffee that didn't exploit or oppress poor people on its way to your mug, you are in luck. We have a lot of resources in Indy that will help you learn as well as consume ethically. Here are some people and organizations to check out ...

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Shining Light Film Fest

Featuring films and filmmakers that bring awareness to mental health, the realities of mental illness and the good news that recovery is possible.

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The Neighborhood of Saturdays @ JCC

This should be a great event for March 30th — It's one of the best stories never told, the tale of a neighborhood of African Americans and Jewish immigrants from war-torn Europe, helping one another and treating each other as equals. IUPUI anthropologist Sue Hyatt and her students have brought the forgotten story to light.

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[theatre] = Susan Yankowitz & “Terminal”

If you are looking for a truly unique theatre experience, go to Butler the evening of Friday February 28. You can see a performance of "Terminal," one of the most influential avant-garde plays of the 1960s. Susan Yankowitz will be at Butler for a talk-back after the performance. What a treat, getting the playwright to talk about an original recasting of a work that was first performed nearly four decades ago.

[art] = juvenile in justice

Booker Washington said: "The study of art that does not result in making the strong less willing to oppose the weak means little.” That's the epigraph for a book by Richard Ross, "Juvenile In Justice," a sobering display of photos of incarcerated kids.

[education] = Rise Above the Mark

Developed by the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation, Rise Above the Mark documents the effects of “corporate reforms” on public education in Indiana and across the nation.